Roles in One of America’s Hottest Fields

UX designer jobs are part of the fastest-growing career fields in the United States1 for reasons that should come as little surprise. Quality user experience design (UXD) can lead to an increase in site conversions of up to 400 percent,2 which can greatly impact brand loyalty and sales, and a majority (57 percent) of web users say they won’t recommend a business with a poor mobile experience.3 For those watching the bottom line, these statistics make UX design a critical contributor to profitability.

But perhaps of greater interest to prospective UX designers is this: Not only is there rising demand for UX design professionals, it is also a field in which people find great personal satisfaction. In a national survey of UX design professionals, 81 percent of respondents rated their current career satisfaction at a five or higher on a scale of one to seven. These individuals reported feeling highly valued, said their work was challenging and engaging, and felt their work was beneficial to humanity.4

Take advantage of the robust market for exciting and fulfilling UX designer jobs, and build the skills you may need to accelerate your UX design career. It all starts here.

UXD Careers by the Numbers

#38

of the 50 Best Jobs in America5

75%

Our alumni reported and average salary increase of over 75 percent after completing the program6

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Popular Career Paths in UX Design

Within the realm of UX design, there are numerous unique roles to consider. Think you’re looking only for the title “UX Designer?” Think again. While this recognizable role is a great fit for graduates of the online MS in UXD, others like it are equally attainable and often come with attractive salaries.

User Experience Designer7

  • Median salary: $98,800
  • Top salary: $155,000

User Experience Researcher8

  • Median salary: $106,800
  • Top salary: $175,500

User Interface Designer9

  • Median salary: $104,800
  • Top salary: $167,500

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Alesha Arp

Alesha Arp, MS ’16

During my 16 months in the program, I discovered that my professors were all practitioners, and the challenges that we were being given in class were practical, not theoretical. When I graduated, I walked out of Kent State with real-world experience, ready to hit the ground running from the day I got my degree.

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Find Your UXD Career Path

Because UXD represents a diverse set of skills and focus areas, there are several unique career paths to consider. In addition to the three mentioned, here are even more roles you could consider after earning your online MS in UXD.

Average annual salaries:

$94,7000
Usability Analyst10
$126,600
Information Architect11
$81,500
Interactive Designer12
$86,000
Visual Designer13

Where Will Your Career Take You?

10 U.S. Cities for UX Design Careers:14

  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • San Jose, California
  • Seattle
  • Boston
  • Los Angeles
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Washington, D.C.

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Top Industries for Kent UXD Graduates14

  • Consulting
  • Educational services
  • Government agencies
  • Healthcare
  • Marketing/advertising
  • Media/entertainment
  • Technology

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Featured Articles

April 27, 2021
Successful user experience design (UXD) is ultimately determined by successful user interaction with a company's system, app, product, service and even with the company itself. To achieve this success, UX designers must serve as advocates for users' needs throughout each design stage.
February 04, 2021
Alison Hayne’s first app design project had 6,000 users. When Haynes enrolled in the online Master’s in UX Design, she knew years as a self-employed artist had given her enough entrepreneurial skills to be successful in the field. What she didn’t know was how quickly after graduation she’d be...
January 25, 2021
At first glance, Chello Elmi might seem like an unusual fit for a UXD program. She studied psychology as an undergraduate, but when it came time to earn her master’s, all she knew was she didn’t want to continue in a therapeutic or mental health field.So, she started searching online for potential...
December 18, 2020
If user experience (UX) design centers on shaping the experience of using a product, and most of that experience involves some interaction between the user and the product, then what is interaction design, exactly?The sheer volume of sites (482 million) that results from a basic web search suggests that this is an easy question to answer, but don’t be deceived.The two overlapping...
November 23, 2020
Responsive Web Design (RWD) is the approach that suggests that website design and development should enable each site to respond automatically to a user’s behavior and environment—that is, whether that person is using a laptop, iPad, Android phone or other device, viewing in portrait or landscape mode, and so on.1 In the case of public displays, recent work also...
October 19, 2020
User Experience (UX) designers are highly sought after in a wide array of industries, from computer and software companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Adobe to popular websites such as LinkedIn, Google and Amazon. You can enjoy a highly paid career with an investment company, major retailer or entertainment firm.A glance at Glassdoor’s Top Companies Hiring for User Experience Designer Jobs...
July 13, 2020
Kent State User Experience Design (UXD) Instructor Kelsey Pytlik has an undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio and a master’s degree in User Experience Design from Kent State University. After her early career with creative agencies and e-commerce retailers, she...
July 09, 2020
User experience design (UXD) lets you use your creativity, research skills and technological expertise to shape how others view the world. If you want to excel at building your UX resume, be prepared to impress employers with new ways to solve problems. You also need a skill set that’s grounded in UX fundamentals, yet shows synergistic capability. Put another way, compelling...
January 15, 2020
A decade or two ago, if someone had said they were looking for user experience (UX) design jobs, they may have been met with blank stares. But yesterday’s graphic designers have become some of today’s most celebrated UX designers. So what will tomorrow’s UX designers become? Design has evolved from a mostly stylistic career to a field that solves complex technological and social problems.
January 06, 2020
The definition of "product designer" as a professional role can be a bit ambiguous. Job titles naturally change over the years as technology and culture change, and because creative professionals such as designers typically want to stand from their peers.The title "product designer" is one that has risen...
July 31, 2019
If you're wondering how to become a UX designer after years working in another field, Kent State University alum Brian Parsons, MS '18, has one piece of advice: "Take on any roles you can with a UX-related title in them, even if it's volunteering."
July 01, 2019
Kent State online Master of Science in User Experience Design (UXD) student Kendra Jobes, MS '19 candidate, has always wanted her work to make an impact on people. When her undergraduate degree in design led to an initial user experience job after college, she quickly learned that she enjoyed developing and using the artistic and technical skill set required for a UX role.
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1 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from onwardsearch.com/career-center/ux-careers-guide/
2 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2017/03/23/the-bottom-line-why-good-ux-design-means-better-business/#37d941952396
3 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from socpub.com/articles/the-5-mobile-marketing-mistakes-infographic-14849
4 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from media.nngroup.com/media/reports/free/User_Experience_Careers.pdf
5 etrieved on November 10, 2020 from glassdoor.com/List/Best-Jobs-in-America-LST_KQ0,20.htm
6 Based on a limited sample of self-reported data from Kent State alumni from graduating cohorts between 2016-2020.
7 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/UX-Designer-Salary
8 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/UX-Researcher-Salary
9 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/User-Interface-Design-Salary
10 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Usability-Analyst-Salary
11 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Information-Architect-Salary
12 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Interactive-Designer-Salary
13 Retrieved on November 10, 2020 from ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Visual-Designer-Salary
14 Information reflects self-reported data gathered from Kent State University students enrolled in the online Master of Science in User Experience Design from fall 2014 through summer 2018.